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Hi Everyone > > And a Happy New Year to you
all!! > > Thankyou for the various emails sending Christmas > >
and NY wishes ... > >
Well it´s been ages since I sent an update
email.... > > My apolgies... We´ve ben too busy motoring around South
America. > > I thought I´d write an email though to tell you about our
very special Christmas (Iguazu
Falls, Argentina and NY Rio!!). We absolutely broke our backs travelling on 26
hr bus journeys, overnight trips the lot cos we had decided that we wanted to
be in these 2 places for then. It was worth every bit of it though....
Year In Rio they put a LOT of effort into NY. Lined all along the water in
Copacobana beach were big barges, carrying thousands and thousands of
fireworks which were let off at midnight. On the beach were 3 big auditoriums
where live bands played all evening from 8pm until early hours of the morning.
The beach was absolutely packed with people, many of whom had brought candles
and flowers and they made this little kind of ´altars´in the sand. The
tradition here is to wear white (or less commonly red) and I was very
surprised when we stepped out of our hotel room (me in my white outfit - Simon
in a blue and white shirt) to bump into other couples dressed > >
entirely in white. It really looked very romantic... especially when we got
out into the street and hundreds of people wandered about, all wearing white.
People had really made an effort...
So, after a nice meal on the seafront, we
wandered down to the beach ready for the countdown to midnight. The fireworks
were really amazing and went on for at least 20 minutes, when, after the
barges had let all there fire off, a couple of the bigger hotels, one at
either end of the beach, started some kind of firework competition - seeing
who could out do the other..... The one nearest us won hands down when they
set an inferno of white ´fairy lights´ tricking down all 4 walls of the
building - it looked amazing. After all the firework excitement, we set off,
battling through the crowds to listen to the live bands......
We turned in
around 4am, after I´d tried desparately to find a nightclub to have a boogy
.... Rio is an AMAZING place. It´s such a beautiful city, with the beaches
running the length of the city. The whole place is buzzing. We went running
along the beach road at sunset a few nights ago - that was nice. Now that we
no longer have the gym in the hotel, we´ll be doing that every night.
Surrounding the city are all these big rock like mountains - Sugar Loaf
mountain being the most famous. The massive big statue of Jesus (called Christ
the Redeemer) looms over the city on Corcovado mountain. And there´s just this
beautiful skyline of all the exclusive hotels that line the beach road.
really is somewhere I would love to live - only the language poses a bit of a
problem for that!! For the last 3 months we´ve really come on with our Spanish
and were actually starting to get quite good, to come here where they speak
portugese!!! It´s such a difficult language - they sound as if they´re
Christmas That too was really special, in a different
way. We stayed in the Sheraton Hotel. Our room looked directly on the the
Iguazu Falls. The falls are 20 m higher than Niagra and 1/2 as wide again. We
were there for Christmas eve, until the 27th. Each of those 4 days, we visited
the falls, seeing it from different angles, yet we never tired of it. They
have built these amazing walkways that took you so close to the falls. You
could walk above the falls, or right up to the base where the falls tumbled
down. So close that we got soaked by the violent spray.....
On Christmas day
we took a boat ride that starts down river from the falls, and takes you
through the rapids right up to the base of the falls. They told us that we´d
get a shower like none other we´d had before, and they meant it!! We got well
and truly soaked from the spray of the falls. We were so close to the base of
the falls - it really felt exhilarating!!! That was VERY special day indeed!!
A very different Christmas.... Made all the more special by the place that we
were staying. It was LUXURY to have white fluffy towels, cotton sheets and
fluffy blankets and....... a
hairdryer!!!!! It really was!!! It´s amazing what a bit of deprivation can do
for ones appreciation of simple things!! We didn´t get the typical turkey and
trimmings for Christmas dinner, instead we had a lovely 5 course meal, with
steak for the main, and not on Christmas day, but Xmas eve - that´s the
So that was our Christmas and New Year... Argentina is THE
place to come for a holiday right now. With the way the economy is it isd
SOOOoo cheap!! Our 5 course Christmas meal would have been $45 pp at the old
exchange rate.... not including the champagne we drank. Instead it was $14 !!
Can you believe it!! I even had a mini- shopping spree when I bought my white
outfit for NY - that felt very good !!!! And I only spent about $15!!! I
defintely recommend it for a holiday with a difference.... We´re just gutted
we can´t spend more time here!!
We fly back to the UK for a fleeting visit on
the 14th Jan, before we head to South Africa...... Oh well, bye for now
everyone.... Lots of love Wendy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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